More Focus on Care Coordination from Joint Commission, NQF

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010
This post was written by Patricia Donovan

Both the Joint Commission and the National Quality Forum (NQF) have introduced programs that emphasize improving transitions, planning for discharge and coordinating care across settings. In this week’s Healthcare Business Weekly Update, read about the NQF’s endorsement of 10 performance measures and 25 preferred practices for care coordination. You’ll also get some tips for getting physicians on board with new initiatives.

And in a kind of ‘freeware’ for the healthcare industry, Kaiser Permanente will allow HHS to distribute a portion of the technology it uses to allow its medical offices to talk to each other effectively. The idea behind Kaiser’s donation is to help healthcare organizations meet national standards for meaningful use of health IT.

The implementation of health IT is just one of the challenges facing the industry in the year ahead. To share how your organization is preparing for 2011 and to find out the issues of top concern to your colleagues, please take our sixth annual Healthcare Trends and Forecasts survey.

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